Surprising news for zombie fans this week. Dying Light as a franchise has come roaring back into relevance with the upcoming release of Dying Light 2. The game designer Tymon Smektala for the project has revealed that the franchise has boomed in popularity. “The first Dying Light was a huge success for Techland, garnering a huge following of over 17 million players,” Smektala said. It’s been nearly 5 years since the original Dying Light came out, so it’s rather stupidly popular by that metric,
If you want to see the game in action, check out Dying Light 2 in the 4K demo down below. And that’s by no means the only footage of this zombie title that has been given. Fans got to see more of the game a while back. Dying Light 2 will be built around a solid core that refines the original game, and takes it to new heights-natural parkour, brutal first-person melee action, and the day/night cycle. These elements will absolutely carry forward into the next game and beyond. Depending of course on how long Techland wants to keep the franchise rolling forward.
As for the reasons for this explosive growth, it’s simple. Techland has been doing a good job of trying to both improve the mainline games, but also innovating with a bunch of new titles and modes. The original Dying Light has also been getting expanded with new DLC, which is very surprising given the age of the game.
The inclusion of the battle royale trend with Bad Blood also helped push the popularity up the game up into the stratosphere.
The sequel is set to arrive sometime in early 2020 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC; and yes, the game will be released across generations. Techland has announced that the game will get ports for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.